Arizona ice cream

Five great parlors near Phoenix that make their own cool treats

CHANDLER

Angel Sweet. The gleaming refrigerated cases in this small, sleek shop recall the gelaterias of Italy. The 24 flavors of freshly made gelato, ranging from fruit to dense chocolate, confirm why aficionados consider Angel Sweet to be the region's best. 1900 W. Chandler Blvd., Ste. 24; 480/722-2541.

MESA

Flor de Michoacan. Frozen paletas (ice cream bars) and aguas frescas (fruit drinks) are the specialties of this bustling Mexican ice cream shop and taqueria. Kids and adults stop for paleta flavors that include coconut, guava, and tamarind. Closed Sun. 734 E. Main St.; 480/226-4657.

MESA

Nielsen's Frozen Custard. Decorated like a 1950s soda fountain, Nielsen's serves dense, rich, delicious custard. Small portions include three scoops and a range of toppings. Custard-cookie sandwiches are perfect for late-night snacking. Closed Sun. 6671 E. Baseline Rd.; 480/985-0708.

PHOENIX

Mary Coyle Ol' Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor. Opened in 1951 and decorated all in pink and white, this family- oriented business serves banana splits, triple-scoop sundaes, and the "Showboat," a sundae topped with almost everything. 5521 N. Seventh Ave.; 602/265-0405.

SCOTTSDALE

Auntie Em's Frozen Custard. Tiny strip-mall shop serves up a daily "Turtle Sundae Special" pairing custard flavors from fresh banana to coffee with toppings such as cherries and chunks of cheesecake. 2910 N. Hayden Rd.; 480/ 994-5988.

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